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Don’s Top 10 From August 31, 1982

Back…back…back into time with “The Time Machine”! Flashing back back this time to Tuesday, August 31, 1982. Here are the local top 10


“Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)” by Donna Summer



(#8 last week) Produced & co-written by the legendary Quincy Jones, but has not had the staying power of Summer’s other hits. It’s virtually disappeared from the radio.



“You Should Hear How She Talks About You” by Melissa Manchester



(#10 last week) First recorded by Charlie Dore, who had a hit with 1980’s “Pilot Of The Airwaves”. Manchester’s remake was produced by Arif Mardin, who worked with the Bee Gees on many of their 70s hits. Even though she needed a hit, Manchester had to be dragged kicking & screaming to record a song she felt wasn’t in her wheelhouse.



“Gloria” by Laura Branigan



(#9 last week) Even though this peaked at #2, it would become the local #1 hit of the 80s! That was due to its longevity. The single stayed in the top 10 for months.



“Vacation” by The Go-Go’s



(#6 last week) This single made history! It was the very first cassette single released by a big label.



“Even The Nights Are Better” by Air Supply



(#4 last week) Written by the songwriting trio who also did “Touch Me When We’re Dancing” by The Carpenters. The video for this was filmed in Coney Island.



“Hurts So Good” by John Cougar



(#3 last week) Although this peaked at #2, it spent 16 weeks in the top 10, longer than any other song in the 1980s (national chart).



“Hold Me” by Fleetwood Mac



(#5 last week) Talk about frustrating: this song peaked at #4…for SEVEN straight weeks (nationally). But I don’t think F-Mac were TOO upset–the album it came from was #1 for 5 weeks.



“Hard To Say I’m Sorry” by Chicago



(#7 last week) Big comeback! It had been been more than 3 & a half years since Chicago had a top 15 hit, & this was a big one, co-written by lead singer Peter Cetera with producer David Foster.



“Abracadabra” by The Steve Miller Band



(#2 last week) I would never have guessed this, but Miller was inspired to write this song by Diana Ross, who Steve met on the TV show “Hullaballoo” in the 60s.



“Eye Of The Tiger” by Survivor



(#1 last week; 7th week at #1) Written specifically for “Rocky III” at the request of Sylvester Stallone, who at first wanted to use Queen’s existing “Another One Bites The Dust”, but was denied permission. In the movie version, you hear tiger growls, but not on the record.


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